Word of the Day: Awesome


 [aw-suh m]

1.causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling ofreverence, admiration, or fear: an awesome sight.

2.exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.

3.Slang. very impressive:

That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome

1590-1600; awe + -some1

Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.

Urban Dictionary:awesome
A ‘sticking plaster’ word used by Americans to cover over the huge gaps in their vocabulary. It is one the three words which make up most American sentences.

“legal” usage:
On receiving the final set of instructions that had taken some time to come through, the celebratory cry of “Awesome!” after replacing the handset.  On explaining the cheer, being told that it was an awful Americanism.  Countering by citing the Lego movie.  Not mentioning awesome sauce.